Title: The Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Date Read: January 12-16, 2013
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem- when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now, because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from the heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery- although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely- enough to share the secret close to his heart.
Beginning at the “other” camp for half=bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophecy of Seven.
Characters: The blurb above really describes the characters quite well. So I guess I will just tell you how I feel about them! I like Hazel a lot, I liked hearing about her past and how she really came into her power. It’s both a blessing and a curse and it is interesting to hear her recount what happened to her. It was also pretty interesting watching her friendship with Frank develop! Frank is very endearing. He has kind of a complicated past, and he doesn’t know a lot about it. I like reading a book and feeling like I am discovering just as much as the main character is, especially when it is about his own history. And that brings us to Percy. Who doesn’t love Percy?! We learned to love him in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians (which I just gave to my mom to read!) and he is the same character he was then. He may be a little older in this book, but the age looks good on him. He has learned a lot more, and I just love that even though he has that pesky amnesia problem, he remembers Annabeth and can’t bear to forget her.
Conflict: Thanatos, the god of death, has been captured by Alcyoneus. Alcyoneus is another son of Gaea, and just as determined to bring her back. Thanatos’ capture means that although the demigods kill tons of monsters, those monsters come back. That makes it harder to defeat Gaea and her many minions.
Things I Liked: I really like that all of the characters in this series face some pretty heavy problems. That doesn’t seem like a very nice thing to say, but I think it’s a compliment. The fact that this story functions when the characters have such intense internal conflicts means that Riordan has fully developed mature YA characters. Sometimes when I read YA novels, I find that some of the main characters are kind of one dimensional, and this book really does not fall into that category. It’s fantastic. And, just like in the first book, I obviously love continuing to learn about Greek and Roman mythology! Most of my knowledge on the subject comes from Mr. Riordan, in fact. I just hope he hasn’t been lying to me!
Things I Didn’t Like: You know, I don’t really know. I think that when I read a book I just get so immersed in the books that I forget that I might be writing a review and should pay some close attention. But hey, I think that’s a compliment.
Overall: I loved it! The characters are all really well developed, and there are a ton of story lines that are expertly weaved together. I love that things are mysterious but have moments of transparency. This story lasts over the whole series, and he is really good at keeping us entertained. It’s a really complicated story, and he does a fantastic job. Well done.
Rating: 5 stars